A Maryland cemetery in Frederick is allowing combat and service dogs and their soldiers to be honored and buried together.
Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Crematory is dedicating a new section to special heroes.
“We wanted to make sure that the service dogs that are helping veterans returning from overseas are also appropriately be commemorated and honored with their families,” said Vice President of Operation at Resthaven, Jon Cody.
The Faithful Companions Honor Garden will allow soldiers and their families who have service animals or combat dogs to be laid to rest together.
“We find that many of the combat dogs do return home with the solider that they serve with. Also, there are families that have adopted combat dogs separately, who are just civilians that have no connection to the military that have adopted combat dogs to live with them to grow old and retire with them,” said Cody.
Resthaven has offered veterans free spaces in one of their three veteran gardens, but family members can be laid next to their fallen solider. And now, that benefit will extend to the dogs who heroically served alongside their solider.
“The combat dogs are examples of both on the human side and the animal side; those who have sacrifice those who have served us. And we feel like honoring them is the right thing to do,” concluded Cody.
The Faithful Companions Honor Garden will provide the same benefit for police and first responder dogs.